A VISITORS GUIDE
                 PORTLAND, OREGON

                                             Susan Marthens
                                         Principal Real Estate Broker
                                                   CRS, GRI
                                               (503) 497-2984
                       susan@movingtoportland.net          * www.movingtoportland.net


                                              Visitors Information
                                              Public Transportation
                                                  Places to See
                                                Beyond Portland

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                                            Enjoy your time in Portland.
                         PORTLAND OREGON

Portland, "The City of Roses," is the largest city in Oregon and the second largest city in the Pacific
Northwest. It is noted for its scenic beauty, its eco-friendly urban planning policies, a lively music
scene, a large number of micro breweries, and its food.


                                                     Portland lies about 70 miles (124 km) from the
                                                     Pacific Coast on the northern border of the
                                                     state of Oregon, straddling the Willamette River
                                                     just south of its confluence with the Columbia
                                                     River at Vancouver, Washington. About 50
                                                     miles (80 km) to the east is majestic Mount
                                                     Hood, which forms the perfect backdrop for
                                                     Portland's skyline.

                                                     Portland is a very urban city, with an exciting
                                                     blend of historic and modern architecture, but
                                                     it isn't as overwhelming as some larger cities.
                                                     Despite being an urban city, there are many
                                                     lush parks to poke your toes into. Forest Park
                                                     and Washington Park in the hills west of
Downtown offer a variety of plants, trails, and wildlife near the city. Vistas of Mt. Hood along with
other mountains on the Cascade Range, the Willamette River, stately Douglas fir trees, and roses
and trees at every turn give the city stunning seasonal color.

As the largest city between San Francisco and Seattle, Portland vies with those cities as the spiritual
capital of the laid-back northern Pacific coast. However, it does so in a way that mixes big-city
dynamics with small-town friendliness. Until recently, Portland avoided the problems that come
with fast growth, and although Portland is now experiencing rapid growth it has been able to keep
its unique character. You can find inspiring art, waterfront festivals, and a friendly atmosphere
here. Portland is also the microbrewery capital of the world, and, much like Seattle's reputation for
its coffee houses, Portland's numerous micro breweries have won it national and international

Environmentally friendly practices such as recycling and an extensive public transportation system
are part of the culture. Portland is also known for taking creative and unconventional ideas to solve
its problems − for example, it opted for a park and a light rail system instead of freeways.
Progressive city planning practices, such as an urban growth boundary, have made Portland a very
compact and user-friendly city.

Lying on a gentle, mile-wide slope between a river and a range of hills, downtown Portland is a
lively place. Whereas most cities roll up the streets after the work force completes its work day,
Portland just keeps rolling. Restaurants thrive. People are hurrying off to the concert hall, theatres,
art galleries, and museums. Shopping continues into the night.
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Unlike other metropolitan areas, you can drive 15 miles (24 km) from downtown and be out in the
country. However, like other metro areas, driving 15 miles (24 km) during rush hour will take you
well over an hour or so, as Portland has some of the worst traffic congestion in the West.


                                                 Portland is divided into five sectors, sometimes
                                                 referred to as the "five quadrants". Burnside Street
                                                 is the north/south divider. The Willamette River
                                                 (pronounced will-LAM-et or as a former governor
                                                 said, "Its Willamette, damn it.") splits southeast and
                                                 Southwest, and the area bounded by Burnside to
                                                 the south and the Willamette to the east is called
                                                 northwest (as one would expect). But the river
                                                 takes a turn north of Burnside, since Mother Nature
                                                 doesn't care much about straight lines. Thus the
                                                 city decided to split what would be a large
                                                 Northeast sector into North and Northeast at
Williams Avenue (which continues roughly from where the River had previously run directly
north/south). If you hear Portlanders talking about Southwest or Northeast, they're probably
talking about a sector of the town rather than Arizona or Massachusetts.

      SW − South of Burnside (west of the Willamette River), this sector includes the downtown
       core west of the Willamette River. The Downtown core & PSU Campus, South Waterfront,
       OHSU, and surrounding areas are in this area. SW Portland also covers Southwest Portland
       to the boundary with Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard, and Tualatin.
      SE − South of Burnside (east of the Willamette River).
      NE − North of Burnside (east of Williams Avenue).
      N − North of Burnside (east of the Willamette River and west of Williams Avenue).
      NW − North of Burnside (west of the Willamette River), this sector is immediately north of
       the downtown (SW). It includes the Pearl District, the Old Town, and the Northwest district.
       North of that is light industrial.


As in other places in the Pacific Northwest, there is abundant rainfall in the fall, winter, and spring.
The rain is often a drizzle or mist, meaning you'll often be wet; total precipitation in Seattle and
Portland is technically less than many east coast and southeastern cities because there are fewer
downpours. A sunny day in the rainy season can seem to be very rare, and Portlanders have the
unusual habit of wearing shorts and flip-flops the minute the sun comes out, even if the
temperature is barely above freezing. Average rainfall is about 37 inches.

Portland has very little snow; instead the winters are very rainy. Bring or buy an umbrella if you're
in Portland between October and June. It should be noted that a large portion of "Portlanders" don't
use, or even believe in, umbrellas, instead preferring rainproof garments like Gore-Tex® or
hometown Columbia Sportswear Omni-Tech®. Some more "hardcore" residents are even known to
travel with no more cover than a baseball cap.

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It's worth mentioning that there are really only two seasons in Oregon west of the Cascade
mountain range − rain and summer. The rain and clouds typically last nine months, from late
September often until late June, then suddenly the clouds clear and it is hot and sunny. There is not
really a gradual increase in temperatures, it's basically either 48°F (9°C) degrees and raining, or
85°F (29°C) and sunny.

Prospective visitors who don't care for rain should be aware that Portland summers, although
short, are quite pleasant − July through September have only a 10% chance of rain on any given day,
temperatures rarely exceed 85°F (29°C) degrees or so, and local produce (including fresh sweet
cherries and some of the world's best berries) is available at farmers' markets and fruit stands in
and around the city. July and August are typically the hottest month temperatures occasionally
hitting 100°F (38°C) or more.


There are a number of Web sites offer mapping and we will just name three. Here they are:

      Mapquest       Mapquest pioneered online mapping and their maps continue to set the
       standard. Just key in "Portland Oregon" at their Web site and a metro map appears that you
       can zoom and move. You can do a search by name such as "hotels" and the map will be
       populated with the hotels icons along with text about the hotel. Or select from a list of over
       30 categories (e.g., hotels, museums, restaurants) to get the same results.
      Google The popular search engine mapping takes more effort to learn than Mapquest but
       once you figure it out, the rewards are there.
      Google Earth The ultimate in mapping! Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view
       satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of
       the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share
       with others. You have to download the Earth program onto your computer.


Portland Visitor Information and Services Center Located at 701 SW Sixth Avenue (at
Morrison), 503-275-8355 (toll free: 1-877-678-5263), Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:30PM, Saturday
10AM-4PM. You can request the latest issue of Travel Portland magazine, the insider's guide to
Portland or download the PDF version at their Web site at www.travelportland.com.

             As you may already know, Twitter asks its users to answer the question, "What are
             you doing?" If what you’re doing is planning a trip to Portland — or just looking for
             cool places and happenings around town — you should follow Travel Portland.
             Travel Portland shares tips on making the most of Portland, and they will answer any
questions you may have, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned pro. Follow
@travelportland for an unfiltered look at Portland. Followers have access to contests and ticket

Mp3 Travel Guides offers five different themed audio walking tours within the downtown area of
Portland. They offer the following tours: Bridges of Portland, Portland Fountains, Parks and Open
Spaces, Buildings of Portland, and a Highlight of Portland Tour. These tours can be downloaded to
any Mp3 player and listened to as one explores through the city of Portland.
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Is a car necessary in Portland? No. You can catch the MAX light rail train at the airport terminal to
get to downtown. As long as you are staying close to a MAX stop, it is pretty easy getting into
Portland. You may need to take a cab if you want to venture certain places. There are car rental
stations in the downtown area as well as Zipcar.

As in the rest of Oregon, there is no sales tax in Portland; the price you see on the tag is the price
you pay. Portland is, by far, the largest metro area in the U.S. without a sales tax.


                                        Portland International Airport (PDX) is located 9 miles (15
                                       km) northeast of downtown on the Columbia River. (This is
                                       also a dual-use air force base, which can cause confusion on
                                       some maps.) Most major airlines serve Portland from nearly
                                       all major airports in the United States. Non-stop air service is
                                       also available from Vancouver, BC, Canada; Tokyo, Japan;
                                       Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and
                                       Amsterdam. Daily direct service is also available to Mexico
City, Mexico; and Pusan, Korea. The airport also has free Wi-Fi.

 A taxi from the airport to downtown is around $30. The MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) light rail,
which has a stop right at the airport terminal, will only set you back $2.30 for a 40 minute ride to
downtown. That same $2.30 will let you on any of the buses to get you to your final destination. All
light rail lines connect with the city wide bus system. You be the one to decide: MAX or taxi.

If you're renting a car, the best way to get to downtown Portland from the airport is to take 1-205
South to 1-84 West, then follow the signs to the City Center at I-84's terminus and interchange with
1-5. This will take you over the Morrison Bridge into downtown. Renting a car for a downtown
destination is not recommended: inconvenient, spendy and hard-to-find parking combined with
active parking meter enforcement (8AM-7 PM) and non-intuitive street closures, transit malls and
restrictions make it frustrating − even for locals.

Within downtown, MAX and the streetcar are free. Most people can walk from one end of
downtown to the other in 15 minutes − faster than driving at times.


Portland Union Station is served by three scheduled Amtrak intercity passenger trains.

With three daily departures between Seattle and Portland, as well as daily service to Vancouver,
B.C., the Amtrak Cascades is a convenient link to the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.
Amtrak Cascades' European-style trains offer laptop computer outlets; bicycle, ski and snowboard
racks; and regional food and drink. With service between Eugene, Oregon, and Vancouver, B.C.,
Amtrak Cascades is for both business travel and weekend getaways.

Amtrak's Coast Starlight operates daily, connecting the West Coast's most popular destination
cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

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                                          Amtrak's Empire Builder takes you on an exciting
                                          adventure through majestic wilderness, following the
                                          footsteps of Lewis and Clark. The Empire Builder begins in
                                          Portland and heads east to Chicago with stops at the
                                          following destinations and more: Spokane, Whitefish,
                                          Glacier National Park, Minot, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee.

                                           Portland's Union Station, 800 NW Sixth Avenue, is located
                                           north of downtown, about a 15-minute walk from Pioneer
                                           Square. It is adjacent to the Greyhound bus station. The
                                           connection between the MAX light rail system and Amtrak
              UNION STATION               trains was completed in 2010. Amtrak riders can now
                                          catch either the green line (Clackamas Town
Center/Portland City Center/PSU) or the yellow line ((Expo Center/Portland City Center/PSU). The
bus mall ends at Union Station, so local TriMet buses run by Union Station very frequently.


Downtown Portland has all the major chains (e.g., Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites, etc.) plus a
handful of independents. Try the Portland Oregon Visitor Association (POVA) reservation system -
book a hotel online via the POVA Big Deal system. Another site that allows visitors to book a hotel is
Downtown Hotels.

If you're in town to attend a meeting at the Convention Center, you can locate a hotel at the
Portland Convention Center Hotels Web site. The Pearl District Hotels site connects you to Pearl
District hotels plus many other hotels in Portland.

This map of downtown shows all the hotels − click here to view it.

Downtown Historical Hotels

      Benson Since 1912 the Benson has been offering European elegance and charm. It has
       carved wood and beautiful vaulted ceilings and marble staircases. Even if you're not staying
       at the Benson, slip into the bar and sip a glass of wine in the evening while listening to the
       jazz ensemble.
      Governor The Governor opened in 1909 as one of America’s last
       “handmade” buildings, with an Arts and Crafts–inspired exterior detailing
       and interior furnishings. The hotel was restored to its original grandeur
       in the early 1990s.
      Heathman The Heathman Hotel is located in the Financial and Cultural
       Districts. This sophisticated hotel is a refreshing blend of Portland history
       and modern hospitality. From its renowned Heathman Restaurant and
       Bar with Culinary Director Philippe Boulot, a James Beard Award for
       Excellence winner, to its remarkable art collection, The Heathman Hotel is
       a Portland landmark.

Boutique Hotel in Downtown Portland

In January 2005, Travel & Leisure magazine reinforced something many travelers already know
about Portland: It’s a great boutique hotel town. In the hospitality business, “boutique hotel” is a
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term used to describe a smaller hotel, often not part of a chain, where the emphasis is on personal
service and unique, often luxurious décor − all aimed at creating a memorable stay.

In 2005, four local hotels earned a place on Travel & Leisure magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest
Hotels in the World. The Hotel Monaco, ranked No. 1 in Portland, got a higher score than any of the
Seattle hotels. The Heathman Hotel, the Hotel Lucia, and the Hotel Vintage Plaza also made the list,
the Lucia for the first time.

Hotel Choices in Downtown Portland

      Ace Hotel A great place to absorb Portland's artful vibe and green sensibility. The Ace
       features artwork painted directly on the walls and a fleet of bicycles so guests can traverse
       the city like natives.
      Avalon Hotel + Spa Located at the edge of the new South Waterfront District on the
       Willamette River.
      Jupiter Hotel Conde Nast Traveler magazine called it, "One of the 116 best new hotels in the
       world.” The hotel is eight blocks east of the Burnside Bridge at 800 E. Burnside. The hotel's
       Doug Fir restaurant has also received good reviews.
      Hotel Lucia From the beautiful artwork to the contemporary designs in each guest room,
       the Lucia is noted for offering excellence service to its guests.
      Hotel Monaco The Monaco is part of the Kimpton Hotel chain. The hotel has won numerous
       awards, including Travel & Leisure "World's Best Values" and "Top 500 Hotels in the World,"
       as well as Conde Nast Traveler's "World's Best." Hotel Monaco is also a recipient of the City
       of Portland's BlueWorks Award for recycling and sustainability.
      The Nines The 331-room hotel (Starwood Hotels & Resorts) opened in downtown Portland
       in 2008 after a $137 million project to convert the top nine floors of the historic Meier &
       Frank Building into a hotel. An atrium restaurant is located on the lobby level.
      Mark Spencer It's reasonable and all rooms feature fully equipped kitchens for convenient
       in-room dining. Walk out the front door of the Mark Spencer and you can catch a streetcar.
       A 3-minute walk to Powell Books. Just across the street is Kenny & Zuke's Deli.
      Hotel Vintage Plaza This hotel, which was built in 1894 and is on the National Register of
       Historic Places, is the place to stay in Portland if you are a wine lover. A wine theme
       predominates in the hotel's decor, and there are complimentary evening tastings of
       Northwest wines.

Hotels Close to Downtown

      Hotel deLuxe Former the Mallory, this hotel was remodeled in 2006. The hotel’s restaurant
       − called Gracie’s after comedian Gracie Allen − serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a
       handsome room that brings to mind a classic Brown Derby restaurant. The deLuxe accepts
       pets. It is located in the Goose Hollow neighborhood at 729 SW 15th Avenue.
      Park Lane Suites Located in the historic King's Hill District − just blocks from Northwest
       21st and 23rd Avenues (Nob Hill). The Park Lane offers one and two bedroom suites,
       kitchenettes, and complimentary parking.

Hotels Accepting Pets

      Visit Pets Welcome, the internet's largest pet/travel resource. They list over 25,000 hotels,
       B&Bs, ski resorts, campgrounds, and beaches that are pet-friendly.

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                                     Portland is an easy city to bike, walk or use public transport.
                                     However, there are topographical features that affect how
                                     streets and roads flow, so planning and maps are important for
                                     any journey of more than a few blocks. The verdant West Hills
                                     slope up from downtown and separates it from the suburbs of
                                     Beaverton, Hillsboro and others.

                                     While most of the streets in Southwest Portland wind round
                                     and round, much of Portland has a grid pattern and is fairly
       EASTSIDE ESPLANADE            easy to navigate.

All Portland addresses contain their designating sector inserted between house number and street
name (i.e., 3719 SE Hawthorne Boulevard). House address numbers increase 100 per block starting
from Burnside Street or the Willamette River. This should make it easier to figure out where things

In general, East/West streets are names while North/South avenues are numbers. An exception is
North Portland where North/South avenues are also named. On the West side, some streets and
arterial roads follow a North/South pattern and others follow the topography and curve a great
deal. There are major arterials that cross town in NE/SW or NW/SE orientation including Sandy
Boulevard, and Foster Road on the eastside, and Barbur Boulevard in the southwest.

The streets in the Alphabet District in Northwest Portland are arranged alphabetically starting with
Burnside, followed by Couch, then Davis, etc. through NW Vaughn Street making directions easy to
follow here. The names reflect a roster of prominent names in Portland's early history.


Portland's short blocks and street-level attractions make the city a pedestrian's
delight. Many intersections are designed with pedestrians in mind, and Portland
has a lot of street life for an American city. Good mass transit also makes walking
more feasible in Portland.

Voted one of "America's Best Walking Towns" by Walking Magazine, the Portland
downtown area is full of architectural landmarks both old and new. In 2009, the
non-profit Transportation for America named the Portland-Vancouver area as the
ninth-safest metro area for pedestrians.

Walk Score ranks 2,508 neighborhoods in the largest 40 U.S. cities to help you
find a walkable place to live. Walk Score ranked the Pearl District/Old Town-
Chinatown/Downtown number ten in the nation and seven Portland
neighborhoods are Walkers' Paradise. Forty-five percent of Portland residents
have a Walk Score of 70 or above, and 83% have a Walk Score of at least 50—and 17% live in Car-
Dependent neighborhoods.

The City of Portland Office of Transportation offers free, highly detailed walking maps that may be
ordered online.

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                         Walk There! is Metro's guide to great places to walk in the Portland-
                         Vancouver area. The book leads you on 50 explorations of newly acquired
                         urban natural areas, scenic parks, historic neighborhoods and fascinating
                         main streets. Detailed maps and route descriptions help you discover the
                         region's rich history and varied landscapes while you enjoy the benefits
                         of walking.

                         Metro developed the guide in partnership with local governments and
                         community groups and with support from Kaiser Permanente. The 50
                         walking route maps and descriptions are available to purchase for $9.95
                         in a pocket-sized book or can be downloaded for free by clicking here.
                         The book can also be checked out at Multnomah County Library branches.

The Eastbank Esplanade along the Willamette River across from downtown offers a scenic walk,
with parts actually floating on the river. If you want the ultimate walking experience, purchase one
or both of Laura Foster books about walking in Portland: Portland Hill Walks and Portland City
Walks and her latest book called The Portland Stairs Book. Each book leads readers and walkers on
urban excursions of two to six miles, telling the stories of neighborhoods' geology, human history,
and architecture, along with offbeat tidbits ranging from how Native Americans used local plants, to
the story behind those glass squares (vault lights) embedded in old city sidewalks. You can buy
these books when you're visiting Portland at one of the many Portland book stores or online now at
Powell's Books.


Cyclists have long is a long revered Portland for its bicycle-friendly culture and infrastructure,
including the network of bike lanes that the city began planning in the early 1970s. It has been
rated by Bicycling Magazine as the best city in the U.S. for cycling. It has a network of streets
designed to be predominantly used by bicyclists. These streets, such as SE Ankeny, SE Salmon, SE
Lincoln, and SE Clinton, are usually spaced about halfway between the main car thoroughfares in
the grid of East Portland. The bike streets are generally signed with green "Bike Route" signs.
Additionally, many major streets have striped bike lanes. Bikes can be taken on all buses and MAX
lines as space is provided for storage.

Whether you're a visitor to Portland heading out on a bicycle tour or a Portland resident who just
wants to get out and about for some exploration by bicycle, the Office of Transportation bike pages
offer some valuable guidance on how to get there. The maps of bike trails can be obtained from
Metro, on the Bike There! Web site.

Portland Bicycle Tours offer bike tours of the city and its surrounding areas,
including Portland's famous parks, buildings, and bridges. Want to explore on
your own? They also rent bikes and have many to choose from at their shop −
just three blocks off the esplanade near the Chinese Garden (Between 3rd and
4th on NW Everett Street). The City of Portland Office of Transportation has a
bicycle rental Web page that lists about ten rentals outlets.

With Metro's eighth edition Bike There! you can explore 235 miles of off-
street trails and over 600 miles of on-street bike routes. This map can be
purchased at numerous bike shops in Portland as well as Powell's Books.
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                                                                  Three     public    transportation
                                                                  modes       are       used       by
                                                                  Portlanders: light rail, buses, and

                                                                  The City of Portland Office of
                                                                  Transportation is a community
                                                                  partner in shaping a livable
                                                                  city. Their Web site is packed with
                                                                  information about getting around
                    MAX LIGHT RAIL ROUTES
                                                                 Most of downtown is covered by
the Free Rail Zone, where rides on the MAX light rail and Portland streetcar fares are free as long as
you board and leave within the Zone. The MAX Light Rail extends across the River to the Rose
Quarter and the Lloyd business district.

C-Tran runs buses to and in Clark County (Washington State). Fares for TriMet, C-Tran, and the
Portland Streetcar are all inter-changeable. Also available is an extensive system map available for a
small cost from the TriMet store in Pioneer Square.


Portland's light rail network (MAX) is operated by the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation
District of Oregon (TriMet). The 44-mile light rail network carries over 35 million riders each year.
There are four MAX light rail lines:

      The Blue Line, which runs from Hillsboro
       (west suburb) east through Beaverton and
       downtown to Gresham (east suburb).
      The Red Line, which runs from the Portland
       International Airport to downtown and
       west on to Beaverton (west suburb).
      The Yellow Line, which runs from the Expo
       Center, to downtown, and south to Portland
       State University.
      The Green Line, which runs from Clackamas
       Town Center, to downtown, and south to
       Portland State University.

All of the lines go through the city's downtown and all but the Yellow Line go through the Lloyd

Fares will depend on how much you travel, but a two hour ticket that covers all fare zones costs
$2.30, and all-day tickets are $4.75. You can purchase a ticket at any MAX station. Bus tickets are
purchasable on board for $2 or $2.30, depending on the number of zones, exact change cash only.
Keep the ticket to show to fare inspectors and as a transfer to other lines.
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                                   Streetcars are back in Portland! They left in the 50s and started
                                   again in 2001. Streetcars run on a 4.8 continuous loop from
                                   Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital at NW 23rd Avenue, on Lovejoy
                                   and Northrup, through the Pearl District and on 10th and 11th
                                   Avenues to a SW 5th and Montgomery Terminus at Portland
                                   State University. Another extension (about 2 miles) goes south
                                   of downtown along the river to RiverPlace and South
                                   Waterfront. Another extension will open in 2012 connecting
                                   Lloyd Center and the eastside to downtown.

The Portland Streetcar is owned by the City of Portland. A private non-profit runs the streetcar
system. Unlike, the bus system and light rail, which are operated by TriMet, the streetcar is run by
Portland Streetcar Inc. For the convenience of mass transit customers, the streetcar schedules,
routes, etc. are available on the TriMet Web site.


There are street people and panhandlers in Portland's parks and squares, and occasionally they are
threatening. Are these panhandlers lonely victims of an uncaring world or organized hucksters
milking sympathy from gullible citizens? I don't know but here's a solution. Many Portlanders
prefer not to give panhandlers money. Rather, they carry Sisters of the Road meal coupons with
them and hand them out instead of money. Meals at Sisters of the Road offer a choice of at least two
hot and nutritious entrees and always a vegetarian option. Sisters is located in the Old Town part of
downtown area so it is very accessible to street people. Each meal coupon costs $2.00 and can be
purchased either singly, or in unlimited numbers, and then given to hungry people for them to use
to buy a meal and a drink in Sisters. You can purchase the coupons online or at a number of
different food co-ops.

You will notice individuals selling a newspaper called Street Roots at locations throughout Portland
− usually at the entrance/exits of food stores where there is a considerable amount of foot
traffic. Street Roots is a nonprofit, grassroots newspaper that assists people experiencing
homelessness and poverty by creating flexible income opportunities. The tabloid is published every
two weeks and costs $1. The person selling the paper keeps about 60 cents from the sale.


      Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox in collaboration with
       Portland architecture firm BOORA, the courthouse is visible as visitors approach downtown
       Portland via Washington Street. A canopy conceals a small grove of trees that grow on the
       roof, making the building one of Portland's most iconic buildings. It was designed with
       sustainability in mind; it exceeded Oregon's building energy codes by approximately 30% at
       the time of construction. The building is located at SW 3rd Avenue.
      Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) OMSI is great for kids. It has hundreds of
       hands- on activities, and you can spend a full rainy day there and not get bored. But if all you
       want to do is see an awesome movie check out the IMAX Theater that gives you a 3,600
       view of space travel, scuba diving, race car driving, or an Africa safari. Note that Museum
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       admission does not include admission to the IMAX Theatre, which requires an additional
       ticket, charged at the same rate as the general admission. However, with general museum
       admission, this is one of the very few places in the world where you can actually view the
       IMAX projector in operation (located at the end of hallway). 1945 SE Water Avenue, 503-
       797-6674, Tuesday-Sunday 9:30AM-5:30PM (after Labor Day to mid-June).
       Museum/Theatre (separately): $8.50, Senior & Youth $6.50.
      Pioneer Courthouse Square On April 6, 1984, the citizens of Portland inaugurated what has
       become one of the most successful public spaces in America. Located in the heart of
       downtown, Pioneer Courthouse Square, a thriving urban park, is affectionately known as
       the City's "living room." More than 20,000 people pass by the Square each day, while
       thousands more utilize its on-site resources. Upwards of 300 events take place in the
       Square each year. The park covers one block and is located at SW Broadway and Yamhill.
      Pittock Mansion The Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana
       Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work
       paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a
       quarter million of population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated
       interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of
       this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people. Location: 3229 NW
       Pittock Drive.
      Powell's City of Books Powell's was cited by USA Today as one of America's 10 best
       bookstores. It claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world.
       Powell's City of Books is located in the Pearl District on the edge of downtown and occupies
       a full city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between West Burnside and NW
       Couch Streets. It contains over 68,000 feet (or about 1.6 acres) of retail floor space.
      Public Services Building (The Portland Building)             The building is considered an
       architectural icon. Designed by Michael Graves and built in 1982, its coloring and
       embellishment marked the arrival of post modern
       architecture and the end of stark glass and steel
       edifices. The statue in front, "Portlandia," is the
       second largest copper statue in the United States--
       only the Statue of Liberty is larger. Located at
       1120 SW 5th Avenue.
      Salmon Street Springs          A central computer
       controls 185 jets of water that produce regularly
       changing water patterns. A popular attraction for
       kids, especially during the warm summer months.
       Located at SW Naito Pkwy and Salmon Street in
       Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
      Saturday Market       This market and craft fair,
       where everything sold is handmade, is the largest open-air crafts market in continuous
       operation in the U.S. SW Ankeny Street and Naito Parkway. Saturday 10AM-5PM, Sunday
       11AM-4:30PM, 1st weekend in March-24 December.


      Portland Art Museum Enjoy more than 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflecting the
       history of art from ancient times to the present. 1219 SW Park Avenue, 503-226-2811.
       Monday closed, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday lOAM-5PM, Thursday and Friday 10AM-
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       8PM, Sunday noon-5PM. Free admission on the fourth Friday of every month from 5-8PM.
       $10-15, Youth $6.
      Oregon Historical Society (OHS) The OHS Research Library contains one of the country’s
       most extensive collections of state history materials, including approximately 25,000 maps,
       30,000 books, 8.5 million feet of film and videotape, 16,000 rolls of microfilm, and 12,000
       linear feet of documents. The Research Library’s photographic archives include over 2.5
       million images from pre-statehood to the present day. SW Park Ave (Across from Portland
       Art Museum), $10 admission.


Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) works to integrate arts and culture in all aspects of
community life. RACC has served the Portland tri-county area since its inception in 1995. RACC is
the steward of several public and private investments in arts and culture and works to create an
environment in which the arts and culture of the region can flourish and prosper. RACC is funded in
part by local, regional, state and federal governments to provide grants to artists and operating
support to art organizations in the tri-county region.

       Benson Bubblers Walking in downtown Portland, one of the first items you'll notice is the
                                                   four-bowl fountains throughout the city. Simon
                                                   Benson, a Norwegian immigrant, a lumber baron
                                                   and philanthropist, is the person responsible for
                                                   these drinking fountains. The story goes that
                                                   while walking through his mill one day, Benson
                                                   noticed the smell of alcohol on his workers'
                                                   breath. When Benson asked these men why they
                                                   drank in the middle of the day, they replied there
                                                   was no fresh drinking water to be found
                                                   downtown.      Upon hearing this, Benson
                                                   proceeded to commission 20 elegant freshwater
                                                   drinking fountains, now known as the Benson
       Bubblers. Beer consumption in the city reportedly decreased after the fountains were
      First Thursday The art galleries in downtown Portland, Oregon, invite you to join them on
       the "First Thursday" of every month for an evening of art, wine and music. Walk from
       gallery to gallery to view all of the new art exhibits. Most of the galleries are in the Pearl
       neighborhood, which is a redeveloped area on the north side of downtown. It was filled
       with warehouses just 15 years ago and now it has posh high rises and condos that have
       trendy shops and galleries at street level. Generally the hours of First Thursday are from
      Last Thursday Last Thursday is the alternative to First Thursday. It includes everything
       from wine tasting and gallery openings to street vending and performance artist walking
       the streets and sidewalks. Alberta Street between Martin Luther King Boulevard and NE
       30th Avenue.
      MAX Light Rail The Westside MAX public art program added the vision of over 20 artists to
       the planning and design of the light-rail system, resulting in the installation of over 100 art
       elements along the Westside line. Here in Goose Hollow many residents, students and

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       businesses contributed to the art found at the Civic Stadium, Kings Hill and Goose Hollow
       stations. View the art at the MAX Train Web site.
      Pod Designed to representing the infrastructure, energy, and vibrancy of Portland, this
       sculpture is made complete when a passerby gives the pendulum a push. The artist is Pete
       Beeman. This stainless steel, titanium, and bronze piece were erected in 2002 across from
       Powell's Books at West Burnside and SW 10th Avenue.
      Portlandia The idea for Portlandia, a classical allegorical figure
       representing the spirit of Portland, came from the official Portland
       City Seal. The seal depicts a wilderness scene including mountains,
       forest and the sea. In the foreground, Lady Commerce, stands on the
       shore with a trident in her right hand as a ship enters the port behind
       her. A sheaf of grain, a cogwheel and a sledgehammer to her left in the
       foreground. Together, these figures symbolize the origins of the city,
       its culture, agrarian base, and industry. Located at 1120 SW 5th
       Avenue on the west side of the Portland Building.


                                                                  Located just minutes
                                                                  west of downtown,
                                                                  Washington Park is one
                                                                  of the most used parks
                                                                  in Portland because it
                                                                  has so many different
                                                                  attractions. A bronze
                                                                  statue of Sacajawea
                                                                  holding her son Jean-
                                                                  Baptiste is located near
                                                                  the east entrance to the
park, in commemoration of the heroic Shoshone Indian woman who helped lead the Lewis and
Clark explorers through the mountains of the west.

Public Transportation to/from Washington Park The Washington Park Station at the zoo is the
only stop in the 3-mile-long MAX light rail tunnel through Portland's West Hills. At 260 feet
underground, it is the deepest transit station in North America and the second-deepest in the
world. The TriMet bus route 63 will also deliver you to the park.

Summer Shuttle Bus During the summer months, TriMet, the regional public transportation
organization, operates a shuttle bus that circles through the park. You can catch the Shuttle at the
MAX Washington Park Station, which is also served by MAX Blue Line, MAX Red Line and Bus Line
63-Washington Park. The Shuttle runs daily every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial
Day weekend through September.

Along with the fountain, Sacajawea statue, and the Lewis and Clark memorial are these two
attractions near the east entrance to the park:

      Reservoirs There are stairs leading down to Reservoir 3 and walkers are allowed to hike
       around the reservoir, which is about a quarter-mile in length. The reservoirs are a historic
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      Holocaust Memorial The memorial is the park newest attraction − it was dedicated on
       August 29, 2004. The memorial features a stone bench adorned with wrought-iron gating,
       screened from the street by rhododendron bushes. The bench sits behind a circular,
       cobblestoned area − simulating a town square. The square contains scattered bronzes of
       items to represent everyday objects that were left behind. The memorial wall of history
       panels − giant, stone placards − offer a brief history of the Holocaust and quotes from
       Holocaust survivors.

These are the attractions all within the area of the International Rose Garden:

      International Rose Garden With over 8,000 raised plantings; the
       garden attracts about 750,000 visitors annually. Many come to
       the Rose Garden to marry and to have their wedding pictures
       taken. The Rose Garden offers a magnificent viewpoint
       overlooking the city and Cascade Range. Free.
      Rose Garden Store Portland's very own rose-themed specialty
       shop. In order to qualify to be in the shop, each piece of
       merchandise must "look like a rose, smell like a rose, taste like a rose, have a rose on it, hold
       a rose in it, or be for or about growing roses."
      Children's Playground The popular, accessible play area (sand boxes, swings, jungle gyms,
       etc.) was built in 1995 by the Portland Rotary Club. It is located just around the corner from
       the International Rose Garden and on the original site of the Oregon Zoo.
      Train to the Zoo The Washington Park Run goes through the forests of Washington Park to
       a station above the International Rose Test Garden and back to the zoo. In the early 50s,
       hundreds of volunteers built five miles of track and kids bought zoo-railway shares for a
       dollar each and copies of the book, Clickety Clack and the Bandits.
      Japanese Garden At the heart of a Japanese garden is harmony
       with nature. These peaceful spots in the Garden lend themselves
       to meditation and contemplation. At the heart of a Japanese
       garden is harmony with nature. Through the careful use of plants,
       stones, and water, areas of serene and quiet beauty emerge.
       These peaceful spots in the garden lend themselves to meditation
       and contemplation. The 5.5-acre Japanese garden is composed of
       five separate garden styles: a Strolling Pond Garden, a Tea
       Garden, a Natural Garden, a Flat Garden, and a Sand and Stone
       Garden. 611 SW Kingston Drive, 503-223-1321, October-March
       lOAM-4PM, (Monday noon- 4PM), April-September 10AM-7PM
       (Monday noon-7PM). Admission required.

These are found all within a few blocks of each other and located at the far west side of Washington

      Oregon Zoo The Zoo celebrated its 100th birthday in 1987. Packy put Portland on the map
       in 1962 when he made international news for being the first elephant born in the Western
       Hemisphere in over 44 years.
      Portland Children Museum The mission of Portland Children's Museum is to inspire
       imagination, creativity and the wonder of learning in children and adults by inviting
       moments of shared discovery. The Museum is now the sixth oldest children’s museum in the

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       country, and each year the Museum welcomes more than 245,000 children from birth to age
       ten and their caregivers.
      Forestry Discovery Center Founded in 1964, the World Forestry Center's mission is to
       educate and inform people about the world's forests and trees and their importance to all
       life, in order to promote a balanced and sustainable future.
      Vietnam Memorial The curved black granite wall lists the names of all Oregon residents
       who died in Vietnam or who are missing in action. The wall also chronicles three years of
       the conflict and concurrent local events, providing a poignant contrast.

                                  Hoyt Arboretum is technically not part of Washington Park but it
                                  borders the park. The 232-acre wooded site possesses the
                                  largest group of distinct species of any arboretum in the U.S. Its
                                  plant collection contains 10,000 individual trees and shrubs,
                                  representing nearly 1,000 different species from around the
                                  world. The arboretum is a favorite place for hikers and runners
                                  with its 10 miles of trails. Walkers also find many exciting
                                  opportunities to get off the concrete and blacktop and pursue
walking on more natural and yielding surfaces, such as sand, grass, gravel, snow, and mud. The
Wildwood Trail in Hoyt Arboretum (also in Forest Park) boasts some of the finest mud around for a
few months of the year before turning to hard-packed dirt, making for some amazing and ever-
changing walking terrain. Click here for a trail map.

The park also includes an archery range, soccer field, amphitheatre, tennis courts, picnic sites, and
restrooms. Click here to view a map of the park.


      Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden This sculpture garden
       contains three life-sized bronze statues; all characters
       from author Cleary's beloved Ramona Quimby series of
       children's books. There's mischievous Ramona, the tall
       and serious Henry Huggins, and Henry's playful dog Ribsy.
       Any kid who has read Beverly Cleary's books, many of
       which take place in the neighborhoods around Grant Park,
       will like them. In the summer the city of Portland turns on
       the water and − splash! − they become sprayers, but this
                                                                    A BRONZE STATUE OF HENRY'S
       is a nice place to visit any time of year. Located in Grant
                                                                        DOG RIBSY, HERE SEEN
       Park at NE 33rd Avenue and US Grant Place.                             SPLASHING
      Eastbank Esplanade The Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade is
       1.5 miles long, extending north from the Hawthorne Bridge, past the Morrison and Burnside
       Bridges, to the Steel Bridge with connections to eastside neighborhoods as well as across
       the river to Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Thousands of downtown office workers enjoy
       their lunch hours walking along the Esplanade and Waterfront Park.
      Chinese Classical Garden Beautiful urban retreat in the heart of Chinatown with pond,
       teahouse, pavilions and gardens. If you are on a budget (time or financial), you can peek in
       through the ornate open windows and see much of the gardens content without paying
       admission. NW 3rd Avenue and Everett Street (Old Town/Chinatown) − within blocks of the

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       Old Town/Chinatown stop on the MAX Light Rail. Summer hours April 1 - October 31
       10AM-6PM. Winter hours November 1 - March 31 10AM -5PM. Admission.
      Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden The more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and
       companion plants in the Garden have all been donated by volunteers and interested
       individuals, or purchased with specially donated funds. Beginning in early spring and
       continuing into summer, they provide a magnificent display of color. During the fall, many
       companion trees add dramatic coloring. Spring-fed Crystal Springs Lake surrounds much of
       the garden, attracting many species of birds and waterfowl. Location: SE 28th Avenue and
       & Woodstock Boulevard.
      Forest Park Situated in close proximity to downtown Portland, the Park provides the
       hushed and peaceful environment of a varied and evolving forest ecosystem. Over 70 miles
       of trails and fire lanes on the 5,157 acre park provide opportunities for recreation,
       education and enjoyment of the park's natural beauty. Forest Park appeals to hikers,
       runners, bicyclists, and others who enjoy recreating in a relatively undisturbed natural
       setting, just minutes from the urban realm. Forest Park also provides an excellent
       opportunity to view the native flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest in their natural
      Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park This 29-acre expanse of green lawns along the
                                                          downtown Portland waterfront was once
                                                          destined to be a four-lane freeway.
                                                          Growing environmental awareness led to
                                                          the city replacing the freeway with this
                                                          park. In Waterfront Park are several
                                                          features: the Salmon Street Springs, the
                                                          Japanese American Memorial Garden, and
                                                          the USS Oregon Memorial. It is home to
                                                          many festivals including the Waterfront
                                                          Blues Fest every summer and some
                                                          activities of the Rose Festival in early June.
                                                          The park is located along the Naito
       Parkway between SW Harrison Street and NW Glisan Street − between the Steel and
       Marquam bridges). Some of the festivals have entry fees.
      The Grotto Located on the city's northeast side, the tranquil and spiritual 62-acre Catholic
       shire and botanical garden hosts reflection ponds and shrines on the top of a basalt cliff.
       Visit during the holiday season when the grotto is illuminated with thousands of lights. This
       is a very romantic destination for a special night out. Located at 8840 NE Skidmore Street.
       Telephone 503-254-7371.
      Laurelhurst Park This 27-acre park is located near inner southeast. This park was designed
       by a horticultural expert from the same team that designed
       Central Park in New York City. This park has a great atmosphere
       in good weather, with lots of locals and visitors enjoying the duck
       pond, the bike paths, and the off leash dog area. Location: SE
       39th Avenue and Stark Street.
      Mill Ends Park The smallest park in the world. It was originally
       created satirically for the purpose of being a leprechaun colony
       and racetrack for snails. SW Naito Parkway and Taylor Street.
      Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge         This area is a birdwatcher's
       paradise. Hawks, quail, pintails, mallards, coots, woodpeckers,
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       kestrels, and widgeons are just the start of the list of birds that one might encounter in Oaks
       Bottom. The star of the show is the Great blue heron, the official bird of the City of Portland.
       Oaks Bottom is one of the favorite places of a score of these impressive birds because of its
       proximity to one of the rookeries on Ross Island. The path begins at Sellwood Riverside
       Park in Southeast Portland and travels north through the wildlife refuge to the Milwaukee
       Street Trailhead.


More Oregon adults attend opera, jazz and classical music concerts, per capita, than in any other
state. A geographical analysis of a survey released in late 2009 by the National Endowment for the
Arts also showed Oregon was second in overall per-capita attendance at performing arts events.
The survey also revealed that Oregon ranked number one in the percentage of adults attending art
museums and craft festivals.

The variety of Portland's residents and visitors brings to life an atmosphere that is as diverse as the
people. Whether you want to sit back, relax and grab a cold beer from one of many of Portland's
famous breweries or let your hair down and party the night away, there is certain to be a club or
hole in the wall to suit your tastes. From live music to live entertainment, there is always
something going on in Portland.

The Portland Events Calendar covers Portland culture, from local theater to touring productions,
and from beer and wine festivals to the nationally recognized Portland Rose Festival.


      The Bite of Oregon Held in mid-August, Portland's fine assortment of restaurants get
       together at the Waterfront for an awesome gastronomical fest backed by the best in local
      Cinco de Mayo Fiesta A lively showcase of Latin rhythms and culture, with music, dance,
       handicrafts and food. It is held downtown along the river in early May.
      Mount Hood Jazz Festival This national jazz festival draws artists from across the country
       to play at the Mount Hood Community College, 12.5 miles east of downtown Portland. Held
       in August.
      Oregon Brewers Festival The Oregon Brewers Festival is a celebration of Portland's fine
       tradition of brewing, drawing 50,000 ale fans to this four-day event to enjoy craft brews
       that are deliciously different to the average
       American beer. Held in late July.
      Parade of Christmas Ships Dating from 1954, this
       parade now attracts more than 50 highly
       decorated boats each year along the Columbia and
       Willamette rivers during the holidays.
      Portland Gay Pride Parade and Celebration Late
       June, Portland's streets are transformed into a
       vivid carnival in this annual two-day event that
       commemorates the anniversary of the 1969 New                  ONE MORE TIME AROUND
       York Stonewall riots and attracts over 10,000                     MARCHING BAND

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       Portland Rose Festival This award-winning festival, held in early June, is Portland's largest
        event. The Portland waterfront is turned into a carnival for a week as military ships moor
        alongside Waterfront Park. The Grand Floral Parade is the centerpiece of the festival and
        the second largest all-floral parade in the United States. More than 500,000 spectators line
        the route, making it the largest spectator event in Oregon.
        PDX Soapbox Derby Held at Mt. Tabor Park, the PDX Soapbox Derby takes place annually
        in mid-August and is a great event for spectators. Some soapbox cars strive for speed and
        slick design while others are incredibly imaginative and hilarious creations. Bring a picnic
        lunch and enjoy watching the races at Mt. Tabor Park.
       Waterfront Blues Festival Held the Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival
        draws thousands of blues fans annually to enjoy performances by renowned local and
        international blues acts. The location of the festival, along with riverfront, makes it an
        inviting event.


       Portland Trail Blazers The NBA basketball team plays at the Rose Garden Arena. The
        Blazers are owned by Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and is one of the
        wealthiest people in the world. The Blazers are the Timbers are the two professional teams
        in Portland. They have thousands of loyal fans and they had a record 110 sellouts going
        into the 2010 playoffs.
       Portland Timbers The Timbers Army is the unofficial supporters' group. They're known
        worldwide as being one of the most respected support groups in the country. The Timbers
        play in the Major League Soccer (MLS) league which they joined in 2011. Soccer is played at
        Jeld-Wen Park, which was renovated to make it only a soccer and football stadium.
       Portland Winterhawks The Portland Winterhawks are a major junior ice hockey team,
        playing in the Western Hockey League, a member league in the Canadian Hockey League,
        the highest level of non-professional hockey in the world. They play their home games at
        the Memorial Coliseum, which is located in the same area as the Rose Garden Arena.
       Baseball The Portland Beavers, an AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres, departed Portland
        after the 2010 season and relocated to Escondido, California because they did not have a
        stadium to play in. Efforts are underway to lure another minor league team to the Portland

There is horse racing at Portland Meadows and car racing at the Portland International
Raceway. Portland is one of just 16 cities that can host CART Indy car racing.

The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association sponsors numerous races. Their races at the Alpenrose
Velodrome are exciting. At 268.43 meters around with a 16.6 meter radius and a 43 degree bank,
Alpenrose is also one of the steepest velodromes in the country.


Portland has a vibrant music scene. Music venues hold national acts to small underground music
groups. Many local pubs and bars offer local bands, usually on weekends. The city is developing a
national notoriety as the United States "indie rock capital," with many high (and low) profiles

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independent rock music acts calling the city home. Portland
maintains a fairly diverse range of live music options.

There are over 50 bars and pubs large and small throughout
Portland that feature live music. Check out one of the two
weekly alternative newspapers for comprehensive listings;
Portland Mercury and Willamette Week.

      Aladdin Theatre A great venue revamped from an old
       theater hall that offers shows almost nightly, featuring
       local favorites as well as Northwest and National acts.      THE PINK MARTINI BAND, ONE OF
       Food and alcohol available. 3017 SE Milwaukee                   PORTLAND'S MOST POPULAR
       Avenue.                                                             MUSICAL GROUPS
      Clark County Amphitheater An amphitheater that is open when the weather is right. Sleep
       Country USA obtained the naming rights so it is now called Sleep Country Amphitheater.
       Located in Washington State − 20 miles north of Portland. 17200 NE Delfel Road,
       Ridgefield, WA.
      Crystal Ballroom The Ballroom has great art and period light fixtures. This is a clean, well
       maintained venue. The Crystal has a bar inside with upstairs balcony seating for age 21+.
       The main floor is standing room only, which makes the show much more intense. The floor
       gives under the weight of the crowd and can "bounce" if the crowd decides to jump in
       unison (to bring on an encore, for example). At the time of its construction, the Crystal's
       mechanical dance floor (now fully restored to proper working order) was said to be unique
       on the Pacific Coast. Today, it may be the only one left in the United States. 1332 West
      Dante's Home of the weird, bizarre, and devilish live music and shows. 1 SW 3rd Avenue
       (corner of SW 3rd and West Burnside Street).
      Doug Fir Lounge Doug Fir Lounge is Portland's slickest, upscale music venue featuring live
       shows almost every night of the week in the basement, a restaurant on street level and a bar
       in both. A decidedly hip variety of traveling and local music. 830 East Burnside.
      Jimmy Mak's Jazz Portland's unofficial home for live Jazz music. 221 NW 10th Avenue
       (between Davis and Everett),
      Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA)            The center is a premier arts and
       entertainment venue for the Pacific Northwest. Nationally recognized as one of the top 10
       performing arts centers in the nation, PCPA hosts every type of event imaginable. In fact,
       every year they have over 900 performances in their four theaters in three separate
       buildings. Musical events are held in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, which is home to the
       Oregon Symphony and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Contains very immaculate Italian
       architecture in the hall. The concert hall seats 2,776 people and hosts lectures, symphonies,
       comedians and big name musical acts. 1037 SW Broadway.
      Portland Center Stage PCS is housed in the Gerding Theater, formerly Portland’s historic
       1891 Armory Building. In 2006, following a $36.1 million renovation, the old armory was
       transformed into the Gerding Theater. The performance space includes a 599-seat main
       stage and a 200-seat black-box theater.
      Rose Quarter The Rose Quarter is suitable for large indoor events of all sorts, including
       basketball, ice hockey, rodeos, circuses, conventions, ice shows, concerts, and dramatic
       productions. The arena has a capacity of 20,630 spectators when configured for basketball;
       it holds smaller crowds when configured for other events. The arena is equipped with state-
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       of-the-art acoustics and other amenities. It is owned by Vulcan Inc., a holding company
       owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. One North Center Court Street.
      Roseland Theater Roseland Theater is a great place to go see a rock show or catch a hip
       hop concert. It is a good sized venue but still gives you that crowded rock show feel. This
       venue is very fun to watch a show in because the crowd always gets really into the music. It
       gets very crowded in some parts of the theater. This theater is standing room only.
       However, there are seats in the upstairs to view the show.
      Wonder Ballroom          The Wonder Ballroom is a beautifully restored historic building
       constructed in 1914. With vaulted ceilings and plenty of free parking, the Wonder Ballroom
       is a versatile facility for a wide variety of performances and events. Located at 128 NE
       Russell Street.


      Oaks Park         One of only a handful of
       continuously-operating amusement parks in
       the United States. It was built as an attraction
       to the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition.
       Managers of The Oaks sought to portray the
       resort as “The People’s Park” − a place that
       reflected the best that the city had to offer
       while still embracing its citizens’ fun-loving
       nature. It's located along the east bank of the
       Willamette      River     in   the     Sellwood
      Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) OMSI is great for kids. It has hundreds of
       hands-on activities and you can spend a full rainy day there and not get bored. Located at
       1945 SE Water Avenue.
      Oregon Zoo The Zoo celebrated its 100th birthday in 1987. Packy put Portland on the map
       in 1962 when he made international news for being the first elephant born in the Western
       Hemisphere in over 44 years.
      Portland Children's Museum The mission of Portland Children's Museum is to inspire
       imagination, creativity and the wonder of learning in children and adults by inviting
       moments of shared discovery. The Museum is now the sixth oldest children’s museum in the
       country, and each year the Museum welcomes more than 245,000 children from birth to age
       ten and their caregivers.


Major theaters include the Artists Repertory Theater, Northwest Children's Theater, and Portland
Center Stage. Portland also has an opera company and a ballet: Portland Opera and the Oregon
Ballet Theater.

Housed in the Portland Art Museum, the Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts resource
and service organization based in Portland founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and
utilization of the moving image arts.

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It's not a statistic that the Chamber of Commerce likes to announce−allegedly Portland has the
highest number of strip joints per capita in North America. But it is a factoid that even the most
prudish can take pride in: the prevalence of strip clubs is due to an extremely liberal free-speech
clause in the Oregon Constitution and a series of legal cases upholding a stripper's right to bare all.

Oregon is where speech is freer than anywhere else in the nation − or for that matter, perhaps the
world. Written in 1857, Oregon's free-speech guarantee in an article of the state constitution. It
reads: "No law shall be passed restraining the free expression of opinion, or restricting the right to
speak, write, or print freely on any subject whatever; but every person shall be responsible for the
abuse of this right."

So don't be alarmed if you see offensive displays of materials, nude dancing advertisements, or
protesters in Portland. It's all about the Oregon constitution and not lax enforcement.


                     It's a perfect place for growing (and catching) food! It has an ocean within a
                     couple hours of the metro area for seafood and land in the eastern part of the
                     state suitable for growing cattle and sheep. In between is the fertile
                     Willamette Valley for growing vegetables, berries, and wine. You want
                     fruit? Head for the Hood River Valley, just an hour outside of Portland, famous
                     for apples, pears, and now wine.

                     In 1994, two restaurants − Higgins and Wildwood − turns the Oregon bounty
                     savored 30 years before by Oregon native James Beard into a culinary
                     movement and spurring a local restaurant renaissance. The menus at Higgins
                     and Wildwood featured almost exclusively Oregon grown (and caught) food.

Local restaurants are engaged in something of a local-produce arms race to see who can trumpet
the most eccentric, specific Oregon-grown specimens. You have pizza places making a point of
buying all their produce locally. And a local fast food chain called Burgerville switched over to
Oregon Country Natural for their burgers after the beef problems. Burgerville doesn't stop with
beef as they are committed to buying local food for their outlets.

The Oregon food movement has a monthly television series called Living Culture that showcases
cuisine and culture in Oregon's Mid-Willamette Valley. Their mission is to spark interest in local
foods through inspiring and positive media.


If there's one thing a bright young American of the 21st century is not supposed to want to be, it's a
farmer. Proof of this is that a farmer's national average age is around 60. Buried in U.S. Department
of Agriculture statistics lays a dramatic tale: At a time when small farmers are dying out across
America, the number of farmers in Oregon is on the rise. The latest USDA "agriculture census"
showed the number of full-time farmers in Oregon increasing more than 55 percent from 13,884 in
1974 to 21,580 in 2002, the last year the USDA surveyed. Part-time farming, where many growers
who specialize in farmers markets and other buy-local niches begin, is up, too.

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Growers and industry analysts ascribe the increase in Oregon farmers to a growing number of
small- and medium-sized operations designed to meet increasing demand for local grub. The
emerging ethic that insists you should know where your food comes from seems to be gathering

                           In l987, a small group of market managers from around the state
                           organized the Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association to support their
                           work recreating traditional markets in their communities. By 2004, 64
                           communities within the state enjoyed the benefits of a farmers’ market.
                           Recent estimates indicate that more than 1,000 Oregon farmers
                           participate in farmers’ markets each year and that farmers' markets
  PHOTO COURTESY OF        attract more than 90,000 people each week during the months.
         MARKET           Farmers markets strive to bring you healthy local food. There are
    FARMERS fun for
activities andMARKET the  whole family. So come experience the market. Enjoy the events. Learn
from top chefs. Make your own statement in support of local food!

Portland's love affair with farmers markets continues to get stronger. The Portland Farmers Market
had record attendance in 2009, with more than 620,000 people shopping at the five area markets.
That's a 16 percent increase from the year before. Those shoppers spent nearly $6 million, a nine
percent increase from 2008.


                         For the first time in the 20-year history of the James Beard Foundation
                         Awards, Portland chefs dominated the competition for Best Chef
                         Northwest honors, taking three of the five finalist slots that were
                         announced in March 2010 in New York City. Naomi Pomeroy of Beast,
                         Cathy Whims of Nostrana, and Andy Ricker of Pok Pok are contenders in
                         the category, along with two Seattle chefs.

                         Pomeroy, whose restaurant has a meat-centric menu, was named one of
                         Food & Wine magazine's 2009 Best New Chefs. Ricker, whose Thai
                         restaurant celebrates Southeast Asian street food, got a spread in last
                         June's Food & Wine. The Best Chef Northwest category traditionally has
       CATHY WHIMS       been dominated by Seattle chefs.

Three Portland publications have online guides. Below you will find them.

       The Oregonian The state largest newspaper has extensive coverage of Portland restaurants.
       Willamette Week Food Finder You select the location, meal, and cuisine and they'll bring up
        a list of matches online. Here is the link to their Restaurant Guide. Their annual Cheap Eats
        Guide will save you money and give you some enjoyable dining.
       Portland Monthly The monthly magazine online 'Food and Drink' has a selection guide for
        restaurants and for bars. Their annual print edition of The Food Lovers' Guide will keep
        you full for the entire year.

Other sources of reviews include Urbanspoon and Yelp.
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The downtown core is home to a small army of food carts. With less overhead than the traditional
indoor restaurant, you can pick up a delicious meal on the cheap. Choose from a wide variety of
ethnic foods including Indian, Mexican, sweet bakery treats and hot dogs.

      The Heathman Fundamentally French, with influences from the Northwest to Asia to Italy.
       Heathman in Portland's big-deal, big-celebrity hotel, Chef Philippe Boulot, the French-
       trained former head chef at New York's Mark Hotel, revels in the fresh fish, game, wild
       mushrooms, and other ingredients of the Northwest. Address: 1001 SW Broadway.
      Huber's Cafe Portland's oldest restaurant since 1879. Known for its turkey dinners and
       Spanish coffees, poured right at your table. Location: 411 SW 3rd Avenue, inside the
       Historic Oregon Pioneer Building.
      Kenny & Zuke's Deli They serve breakfast, lunch and
       dinner. Their pastrami sandwiches are famous along with
       Grandma Zukin's goulash. Kenny Gordon grew up in Queens,
       graduated from La Varenne cooking school in France and
       cooked French food for 30 years before he and Zuke opened
       their restaurant in 2008. Kenny smokes 2,500 pounds of
       pastrami a week. Two locations: 1038 SW Stark Street and
       2376 NW Thurman Street.
      Pazzo Ristorante Located near several movie theaters and the shopping district with solid
       Italian-Pacific Northwest fusion cuisine. It gets quite crowded on Friday and Saturday
       nights. Address: 627 SW Washington Street.
      Portland City Grill This expensive, lavish restaurant has been made into one of the most
                                             romantic spots in Portland. If you are lucky enough
                                             to get a table or smart to reserve a table next to a
                                             window, you can enjoy your meal overlooking the
                                             city of Portland. The menu offers steak and seafood
                                             and you get as good as you pay. Lunch is not
                                             expensive and offers the same view and good food.
                                             Happy Hour is even cheaper (budget range; 4:30pm
                                             to 6:30pm) for the same good food, but much more
                                             crowded than lunchtime. Address: 111 SW Fifth
         VIEW FROM PORTLAND CITY GRILL       Avenue on the 30th floor of the Unico/US Bancorp
                                             Tower. The building is known locally as "Big Pink."

      Andina A Peruvian restaurant with a good selection of platas (like Spanish tapas) as well as
       contemporary and traditional Peruvian entrees. Live music is performed most evenings in
       the lounge, a popular date destination. Address: 1314 NW Glisan Street.
      Byways Cafe A very '50s-style diner in the middle of the trendy Pearl District, with
       spectacular breakfast eating and enormous portions. Get a serious blast from the past, and
       enjoy the food, too. Address: 1212 NW Glisan Street.
      Park Kitchen Wonderfully inventive, delicious cuisine served in a lovely setting, with a
       view of the park blocks. The menu changes daily based on ingredients procured from as
       few miles away as possible. Address: 422 NW 8th Avenue.

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      Ping The Oregonian's "Rising Star of the Year" in 2009. The grilled skewers, buns and
       noodles are simple but fascinating foods. 102 NW Fourth Avenue.

      Goose Hollow Inn Owned by Bud Clark, the tavern owner served eight years (1985 - 1992)
       as mayor of Portland. It has a pleasant deck where you can drink away your frustrations
       with the rest of the City Hall roustabouts. The Hollow Reuben sandwich is always a winner.
       The Goose Hollow Inn is located at 1927 SW Jefferson Street.
      Laughing Planet A budget option. They have a number of Vegetarian and vegan dishes
       available. Also they have a small outside dining area for those nice days. Numerous
       locations in the metro area. Address for Nob Hill location: NW 21st and Lovejoy.
      Papa Haydn If you like dessert, this is the place to go. Although the entrees aren't all that
       impressive, sometimes there are four different lemon desserts, not to mention a wide
       selection of chocolates of every kind. Address: 701 NW 23rd Avenue.
      Paley's Place This eating establishment helped define early on what Portland’s restaurants
       would eventually be known for—local, fresh, seasonal food, attentive to each individual
       ingredient, served in a Continental style adventurously adapted to its surroundings. The
       Oregonian "Restaurant of the Year" in 1999. Address: 1204 NW 21st Avenue.
      Red Onion Thai The stylish lime-and-brick-colored dining room serves a long list of off-
       kilter favorites—all served in sharable portions. Willamette Week's runner up for
       "Restaurant of the Year" in 2009. Address: 1123 NW 23rd Avenue.
      Ringside Portland's original steakhouse. Autographs from famous musicians, athletes and
       movie stars line the walls. Great steak, dim lighting and excellent service. Address: 2165 W
      Wildwood If you want Pacific Northwest Cuisine, Wildwood is the place to eat. The menu
       offers the freshest veggies off the trucks of Wildwood’s many farm partners. Address: 1221
       NW 21st Avenue.

      Beakers and Flash While the food shines, the drinks do not disappoint. The Willamette
       Week's "Restaurant of the Year" in 2009. Address: 720 SE Sandy Boulevard.
      Bamboo Sushi Southeast Portland’s Bamboo Sushi, the first Marine Stewardship Council-
       certified independent sushi restaurant in the United States, is tackling the question of
       whether sushi can still wow and delight using seasonal and sustainable ingredients. The
       answer is a resounding yes. Address: 310 SE 28th Avenue.
      Delta Cafe and Bar Southern food (chicken fried steak, jambalaya, grits, etc.) on the cheap.
       The food is excellent and in large portions. Address: 46th & SE Woodstock Street.
      Lauro Kitchen Sitting at a bar stool, beneath the chalkboard scrawled with daily specials,
       splitting a dish of olives and a half-carafe of something red, Spanish and spicy until a table
       opens up—that’s how one ought to start a meal at Lauro. Address: 3377 SE Division.
      Le Pigeon The NY Times called Le Pigeon "an informal slightly manic spot with seasonally
       changing, nonconformist dishes like braised pork belly with creamed corn." The dining area
       is small, seating about 40 patrons. Located at 738 East Burnside Street, just across the river
       from downtown.

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      Nostrana     Chef Whims was nominated for Best Chef Northwest in 2009, and her Italian
       kitchen Nostrana, known for its wood-fired ovens and pasta dishes, is the most mainstream
       of the Portland nominees. Address: 1401 SE Morrison.
      Pok Pok Get the kai yang (grilled chicken) and khao man som tam (green papaya salad) for
       an absolute classic straight off the streets of Bangkok. Every reviewer gives Pok Pok high
       marks. Address: 3226 SE Division.

      The Beast The food at Beast, one of The Oregonian's two Restaurants of the Year 2008, is
       inspired by France. Located at 5425 NE 30th − just off the corner of NE 30th and
       Killingsworth to the South.
      Laurelhurst Market Willamette Week's runner up for "Restaurant of the Year" in 2009.
       During the day − a butcher shop offering the finest fresh, all natural meats, sausages made
       in house and artisanal charcuterie. At night − the restaurant. Think steakhouse. Address:
       3155 E. Burnside.
      Mississippi Pizza The reason we include this
       restaurant is because they serve gluten-free
       pizza and gluten-free beer. Plus they have
       musical entertainment every night. Address:
       3552 N Mississippi.
      Navarre The Oregonian "Restaurant of the
       Year" in 2009. It still doesn't look or taste
       likes anything else in Portland. It has the spirit
       of a family-run restaurant off the main street
       in Spain or France, one of those hidden
       treasures where only the locals eat. Location:
       10 NE 28th Street.

Portland is a breakfast city. There are great breakfast brunch restaurants in every neighborhood.
Here is a small sample of the many offerings which can/should be further explored.

      Detour Cafe Fresh and mostly organic fare in a cozy setting. Address: 3035 SE Division
      Equinox Excellent variety of egg scrambles, vegetarian fare. Address: 830 N Shaver Street
       at Mississippi Street.
      Fat City Cafe Local favorite, serves excellent breakfasts. Try the French toast. Located in
       Multnomah Village.
      Gravy Great egg scrambles and other hearty breakfast fare. Can be a long wait on
       weekends. Address: 3957 N Mississippi Avenue.
      Pine State Biscuits Famous biscuits, gravy and bacon. Address: 3640 SE Belmont Street.
      Original Hotcake House          Famous for excellent food, great prices, quirky after-hours
       clientele (after 1 a.m. the place gets a bit rough). A real Portland landmark and open 24/7.
       Address: 1002 SE Powell Boulevard.

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According to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, (ONI) a city agency, there are more than 90
neighborhood associations in Portland. Their Web site has links to all the individual neighborhoods
data, calendars, map, and city information. This site has so much information and links, it is difficult
to navigate. But perseverance will be rewarded. View a Portland Neighborhood Map in PDF format.

The Portland Monthly magazine features neighborhoods in their April issue every year. The
magazine combines all the data from 95 Portland neighborhoods and 25 suburbs in an online
reference guide. Included in the document are housing prices, school ratings, demographics, crime
statistics, parks, commuting information, and services. Click here to access the online tool.

The city is divided into five sections, each with many distinct neighborhoods in their own right,
with unique characters and different attractions.


                                 The Southwest section is home to downtown Portland, the heart of
                                the city and home to modern commercial towers, under
                                construction condominiums, converted lofts, green space, luxurious
                                hotels, and interesting architecture. In the center of it all is Pioneer
                                Square, where festivals, shopping, restaurants, and people meet to
                                hang out.

                                South of downtown is the University Park area, home to Portland
     SOUTH WATERFRONT           State University, the largest college in Oregon in terms of
                                enrollment. Further south is South Waterfront, an urban
revitalization area at the southern end of the streetcar line, near the Ross Island Bridge and with
newly built glass residential towers, an aerial tram and the campus of Oregon Health and Science

Burnside Triangle, a micro-neighborhood within downtown, is the center of the
gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/transsexual community in Portland, although much of the
infamous nightlife which existed throughout the 80's and early 90's has disappeared or moved to
other areas of town.

Goose Hollow lies west across 1-405 from downtown and is sort of a quieter, more residential
extension of Downtown, and is primarily of interest to travelers as the home of PGE Park, home of
Portland's Beaver baseball and Timbers soccer teams.

Lair Hill is another quiet neighborhood south across 1-405 from downtown. Look for the Great
Northwest Bookstore in an old church in this neighborhood, the Lair Hill Cafe, and the National
College of Natural Medicine. Multnomah Village and Hillsdale are also pleasant neighborhoods
further south of this hilly part of town.


The Northwest section of town, just north of downtown, is home to the Old Town/Chinatown area
and is where Portland was first settled and is home to some historic buildings, interesting shops,
arcades, clubs, and bars, and is arguably the nightlife center of Portland. The neighborhood also
holds remnants of Portland's once vibrant Chinatown including a detailed Asian inspired designed
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                                     archway entry from Burnside Street and contains a fair
                                     amount of social services for homeless and mentally ill.

                                     Just to the west is the Pearl District, a very hip and trendy
                                     neighborhood on the streetcar line that not long ago contained
                                     warehouses and industrial spaces, some occupied, some
                                     empty. The economic success of the Pearl has made it a
                                     frequently cited urban planning model, and it is an excellent
                                     place to hang out and people watch, eat in fine restaurants, and
                                     visit Portland's famous Powell's Bookstore.

To the north of the Pearl, at the northern end of the streetcar line is the Northwest District (Nob
Hill), also on the trendy side and with a variety of retail shops, bars, restaurants, and even a couple
of grocery stores. West of this is the West Hills, where the well-to-do of Portland have traditionally
lived. You can see newer homes suspended on stilts above the hillside. Because of the geography,
the streets in the West Hills are a bit of a maze. If you think you won't get lost, though, the West
Hills might be an interesting trek; you'll find lavish mansions, ornate public staircases from several
different time periods, and some good views of downtown.


                         The Northeast section, west of the I-5 freeway, is home to Hollywood, a
                         neighborhood centered around the ornate Hollywood Theater on Sandy
                         Boulevard. Ironically, the Hollywood Theater kind of goes against the
                         Hollywood grain, and frequently shows great movies that you might not
                         get a chance to see at more Hollywood-oriented theaters. During warm
                         months, a Saturday farmers market offers fresh produce.

                          Just north is Beaumont Village, a neighborhood along Fremont Street (in
                          the 40s blocks). Alberta Street in the Concordia neighborhood between
                          Martin Luther King and NE 30th Street has a thriving arts district, with the
                          Last Thursday event; a free street fair full of amazing art and performers
held on the last Thursday of every month. The area is very offbeat and due to the Last Thursday, it
is home to a great selection of art galleries.

Irvington is a beautiful residential neighborhood north of NE Broadway, known for its historic
homes and a number of restaurants, coffeehouses, and interesting shops along Broadway between
approximately NE 13th Avenue and 24th Avenue.

Kerns straddles E Burnside Street and is most notable for a thriving restaurant row along 28th
Avenue between Glisan and Stark Streets.

Laurelhurst, an older residential neighborhood straddles Burnside and is in both NE and SE
Portland. It is known for its mansions, the expansive Laurelhurst Park, elegant old houses, and a
yearly Greek Festival which takes place at the Greek Orthodox Church on NE Glisan Street, between
NE 32nd Street and 31st Street.


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Southeast Portland is home to the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood, once an independent working
class suburb of Portland that was later annexed and is now known for its collection of antique
shops, restaurants, a laid back neighborhood feel, and parks.

                          Hawthorne Boulevard, which runs east-west across the river from
                          downtown, has a broad selection of shops including a branch of
                          Powell's Bookstore and the ornate Bagdad Theater Pub, and is a center
                          of the counter-culture/bohemian community which is dissipating to
                          make way for a variety of upscale businesses. Belmont Street, while not
                          as major as Hawthorne, also has a decent collection of shops,
                          restaurants and entertainment, with the greatest concentration of
businesses around SE 34th Avenue.

Also running parallel to Hawthorne is Division Street, home to several of Portland's most original
and popular yet off the beaten path restaurants. Nearby is the Clinton District, a nice little
neighborhood along Clinton Street home to a small assortment of shops, wonderful restaurants, and
the infamous Clinton Street Theater Pub which shows a great assortment of esoteric films and the
world's longest running Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Just north of Clinton is Ladd's Addition, an early planned subdivision and a deviation in the grid
pattern, with mostly elm-lined residential streets and a nice place to walk around and enjoy old

Further south is the neighborhood along Woodstock Boulevard, centered on SE 45th Avenue, which
is more oriented towards residents but is home to Reed College, a private university with a quiet,
green, medieval styled campus.

To the east is 82nd Avenue, which used to be one of the seedier parts of Portland but is changing as
new homeowners move in and new businesses open. The avenue is home to the area's largest
collection of Asian restaurants, grocers and related businesses. This is also the place to find some
big box stores like Wal-Mart and the Home Depot.


In North Portland, Albina and Mississippi avenues host a lively
neighborhood that has thus far managed to stay one step ahead of
gentrification. The lead singer of Modest Mouse lives just off of the renewed
Mississippi Avenue commercial district as does James Mercer of The Shins.

The neighborhood has a couple of great brunch spots (Gravy, Equinox), counter-culture shops,
restaurants, comic book stores, and smaller boutique shopping options. Every summer Mississippi
Street hosts a well-attended street fair.

North Portland is home to the University of Portland, which sits on a scenic bluff overlooking the
Willamette River. The women's soccer team at the University is always ranked among the top in the
country. This residential neighborhood benefits from a very distinct "college-town" feel.

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                                                  St. Johns, near the confluence of the Willamette
                                                  and the Columbia, is more like a small town than
                                                  a neighborhood, and is home to the beautiful St.
                                                  Johns' Bridge, with its copper green colored
                                                  Gothic arches, and Cathedral Park, which runs
                                                  along the Willamette River.

                                                  The bridge has two 408 feet tall Gothic towers, a
                                                  1,207 feet center span and a total length of
                                                  2,067 feet. The adjacent park and neighborhood
                                                  of Cathedral Park are named after the Gothic
                                                  Cathedral-like appearance of the bridge towers. It
                                                  is the tallest bridge in Portland, with 400 feet tall
towers and a 205 feet navigational clearance.


Portland is the home of two Pulitzer-Prize-winning publications and a number of smaller tabloid-
format newspapers of note. Due to some heated local politics the town has become a rather thorny
place for journalism.

      Just Out Just Out focuses on issues of the Gay and Lesbian community. In Portland, "queer"
       issues−the neutral term of choice−are hot topics, with rural Portlanders swinging right on
       issues like gay marriage and a huge majority of the rest of the city swinging to the rabid left
       of absolute inclusion. Visitors to Portland would be ill-advised to expound anti-gay
       sentiment. Recall that President George H.W. Bush referred to Portland as "Little Beirut"
       because of the protesters he encountered in the city during visits. Issued every other Friday,
      The Oregonian        Nationally recognized, Pulitzer-winning daily broadsheet newspaper
       known for covering local and regional news. The paper is distributed throughout the state
       and into Vancouver, WA. The paper suffers as a city guide for the out-of-towner as its arts
       coverage is limited, but for those interested in longer stays it is a good primer on state
       politics. Movie times are up-to-date, and the city's only printed television schedule is
       included daily, with an expanded form on Sundays. Circulation: Daily including Sundays.
      The Portland Mercury Another "alt-weekly" newspaper the Portland version of Seattle's
       The Stranger, this tabloid-sized hipster-focused magazine has taken a bite out of the
       Willamette Week's advertising in recent years, meaning that those looking for movie times
       or rock show listings can often find them in the pages. Readers offended by foul language or
       grammatical inaccuracy may be frustrated by the editorial content of the paper. Free,
       published Wednesday evenings.
      Portland Tribune This broadsheet-sized upstart has struggled since its start to find a spot
       between the Willamette Week and The Oregonian, the city's mainstays and the paper's main
       competitors. Not a good read for out of towners. Free, published Thursdays accompanied
       by daily updates to its Web site.
      Willamette Week An "alternative weekly" newspaper, recently won a Pulitzer Prize for its
       investigative reporting. This boomer-hipster hybrid sometimes struggles from identity
       freak out but is likely the quickest and most immediate help to out of towners. The papers
       new annual city guide "Finder" can be found around town and is specifically tailored for
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       those new to Portland. Sometimes referred to as Willy Week or "Willy" by old-guard
       Portland hipsters. Free Wednesday mornings.

Most other publications would be of only passing interest to travelers but to read what locals think
and feel, some of the better neighborhood papers: Northwest Examiner, Portland Observer,
Skanner, and St. John's Sentinel.


Portland is a Mecca for public radio. What other city the size of Portland supports four public radio
stations? We have all kinds of genres for all kinds of people and you can listen to them as they all
support a live stream.

      KOPB at 91.5 offers news and talk. It is by far the most popular public station in Oregon.
       Most Oregonians can listen to OPB as it broadcasts to numerous stations throughout the
      KBPS at 89.9 is the all classical station. All Classical broadcasts FM and HD radio to Oregon
       and Washington from their flagship station in Portland, Oregon. Repeater stations are also
       located in the Columbia Gorge and Oregon Coast.
      KMHD at 89.1 is a staple of the Portland jazz scene for the last 25 years showcasing the best
       of jazz and blues. Licensed to Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham and operated by
       Oregon Public Broadcasting, KMHD champions jazz performances and education to ensure
       that this uniquely American art form continues to thrive in our region.
      KBOO at 90.7 offers another side of the story. Lots of talk but their music programs are
       outstanding. The station's programming places an emphasis on providing a forum for
       unpopular, controversial, or neglected perspectives on issues.


                                                         If you intend on staying longer in the
                                                         Pacific Northwest, Portland is fairly
                                                         centrally located in the region, making for
                                                         nice extended trips to Seattle, Vancouver
                                                         BC, Eugene, and many state and national

                                                          Located just 50 miles (80 km) from the
                                                         Cascade Range and 90 miles (145 km)
                                                         from the Pacific Ocean, Portland is the
                                                         perfect home base for day trips to Mount
                                                         Hood, Mount St. Helens, the Columbia
                                                         River Gorge, the northern part of the
                                                         Oregon Coast, or the wineries in the
Willamette Valley.

Travel Oregon is the official travel guide to planning an Oregon vacation. Whether your Oregon
vacation destination is Greater Portland, Mt. Hood or the Oregon Coast, start your trip here!

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The Oregon coast (all 362 miles) is public land so you can walk anywhere on the beach.

Located 80 miles west of Portland, Cannon Beach is a great place
to start your coastal journey. Cannon Beach has nine miles of
accessible beachfront, perfect for kiters, castle-builders,
beachcombers, and day walkers.

Haystack Rock, which juts out from the coastline some 235 feet, is
something you don't want to miss. A picnic at the beach is just the
thing. Downtown Cannon Beach is full of shops and places to eat.

Take the 4-mile loop hike in Ecola State Park (north end of Cannon Beach) for a view of some
magnificent old-growth timber as well as the Pacific Ocean. At the 2-mile turnaround, you can take
a look at some WWII bunkers. At 1,100 feet above the ocean, this was one of the lookouts along the
Pacific coast used during the war to observe Japanese subs. Ecola is also an excellent spot for a
picnic lunch.

The Fort Clatsop National Park was the home of the winter quarters of the Corps of Volunteers
(Lewis and Clark) for North Western Discovery in 1805-06. It was created in 2005 by congress. The
Visitor Center includes two theatres, an exhibit hall, laser disc programs in the lobby, and many
displays that are rotated through the year. The park has several trails, a picnic area, restroom
facilities, and a replica of the fort the Corps of Discovery constructed as winter quarters after
crossing what is now the United States in search of a water trade route to the Pacific Ocean. Fort
Clatsop is located in the northwest corner of Oregon. It is six miles south of Astoria off Highway

 Of the nine original lighthouses on the Oregon coast, seven are open to
the public and most are still active working lighthouses.

The Oregon Coast Highway, U.S. 101, is listed as the most beautiful drive in
the Western Hemisphere by the Guardian newspaper of the United Kingdom.

Two Web sites For Oregon Coast Visitors:

      Oregon Coastal Atlas The OCA is a multi-group project that has the
       ambitious goal of being a useful resource for the various audiences
       that make up the management constituency of the Oregon Coastal Zone.
      Oregon Coastal Management Program The site has a "visitors" page as well as a page for
       "teachers and students."


The National Scenic Area Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon 85 miles long and up
to 4,000 feet deep. Carved by volcanic eruptions and Ice Age floods over millions of years, the Gorge
is the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountains. The cataclysmic floods also transformed
flowing river tributaries into hanging waterfalls creating the largest concentration of waterfalls in
North America.
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The Gorge is also host to a unique diversity of plant
and animal life, including over 800 species of
wildflowers, 15 of which exist nowhere else on earth.
This wild and beautiful place has also served as a
human corridor for tens of thousands of years and
was explored by Lewis and Clark and traversed by
thousands of Oregon Trail pioneers.

The Columbia Gorge is the Northwest's world-class
outdoor playgrounds. It's considered the windsurfing
and kiteboarding capital of the world as it functions like a wind tunnel, generating 30-knot winds as
pressure differentials in weather east and west of the Cascades find an outlet in the deep cut of the

Hiking to the Gorge's waterfalls is a Portland-area classic day trip, and in late fall and early spring,
when the heights of the Cascades are buried beneath deep snow, the Gorge is the number-one
option for area hikers and mountain bikers.

Your first stop on the way to Hood River is Multnomah Falls which is about 20 miles east of
Troutdale on Interstate 84. The falls is 542 feet high and features a paved trail to the top for those
willing to make the trek. The view is worth it. For a scenic drive travel East 15 miles on Interstate
84 to exit 18, take the Historic Columbia River Highway 9 miles to the turn off for Larch Mountain,
go 14 miles up East Larch Mountain Road to parking lot, short walk to Sherrard Point for viewpoint,
drive back to the highway, then continue about a mile to Crown Point, then 9 miles to Multnomah
Falls. There are a number of smaller falls along the way, which freeze in the winter. To get back to
Interstate 84 continue east to the next freeway entrance.

                               Considered one of Oregon most scenic hikes, Eagle Creek passes half a
                               dozen major waterfalls. The trail is also an engineering marvel. To
                               maintain an easy grade through this rugged canyon, the builders
                               blasted ledges out of sheer cliffs, bridged a colossal gorge and even
                               chipped a tunnel through solid rock behind 120-foot Tunnel Falls.
                               You have two options: A moderate 4.2-mile hike to Punchbowl Falls
                               (with 400 feet of elevation gain), or a difficult, 12-mile hike to Tunnel
                               Falls (with 1,200 feet of elevation gain). Directions: I-84 to Eagle
                               Creek exit 41, turn right and keep right along the creek for a mile to
                               the road's end.

                               If time permits, a stop at Bonneville Dam includes the underwater
                               viewing fish ladder, museum exhibits and hatchery.

                            Hood River is famous for its wind, but there is so much more to enjoy
                            in this quaint town. Take a stroll down Main Street and window shop.
Hood River also boasts several microbreweries and vineyards. You can view the sail boarders and
kite boarders at a park along the river in the downtown area. Consider lunch or dinner at the
famous Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood. A visit to the Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson,
Washington is worth your time.

At the east side of Hood River, you can head south on Highway 35 and make a run to Timberline
Lodge at Mt. Hood for dinner or to stay overnight at the lodge. It's about an hour drive.
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The Mt. Hood region and its more than sixty miles of forested mountains, waterfalls and myriad
lakes and streams are a haven for outdoor adventure. The mountain is home to four ski areas. The
canopied landscape of Mt. Hood National Forest features an abundance of campsites with drop-
dead views and some of Oregon’s most challenging hiking and mountain biking trails. The countless
rivers and lakes crisscrossing the region are a haven for fishermen seeking salmon or trout and for
thrill-seekers looking for a rush from kayaking or rafting the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers.

                                       Perched 6,000 feet up on the massive south shoulder of Mt.
                                       Hood, Timberline Lodge is a classic WPA-era mountain lodge
                                       that was built completely by hand from local stone. The
                                       lodge is a masterpiece of Cascadian architecture, and its long
                                       hallways of fir and cedar were made infamous by Jack
                                       Nicholson in The Shining.

                                       Built in 1936 as a home for skiers and climbers, Timberline
                                       is today home to North America's longest ski season. In the
                                       height of winter, the ground floor of the lodge is typically
                                       fully buried in snow, with entry through a snow tunnel, or
                                       directly into the second floor. The lodge, together with its
                                       cozy rooms, two resident St. Bernards (Bruno and Heidi),
                                       pub and restaurant, is a welcome relief after a full day on the

                                        Ski Mt. Hood where skiing is almost a year-around
                                        activity. The high-speed Palmer lift begins operations each
spring, and it whisks skiers close to the summit. The Palmer Snowfield, located at the 8,500 foot
level of the mountain, offers over 3,690 vertical feet of skiing and riding!

Here is a list of day hikes in Mt. Hood National Forest Zigzag Ranger District.

Mt. Hood is Oregon's highest point and a prominent landmark visible up to a hundred miles away.
Mt. Hood is host to twelve named glaciers or snow fields, the most visited of which is Palmer
Glacier. Glaciers and snowfields cover about 80 percent of the mountain above the 6,900-foot.

It has convenient access and minimum of technical climbing challenges. About 10,000 people
attempt to climb Mount Hood each year. As of 2010, more than 140 people had died in climbing-
related accidents since records have been kept on Mt. Hood, the first in 1896. Though avalanches
are a common hazard on other glaciated mountains, most Mt. Hood climbing deaths are the result of
falls and hypothermia.

The most popular route, dubbed the south route, begins at Timberline Lodge and proceeds up
Palmer Glacier to Crater Rock, the large prominence at the head of the glacier. Climbers then
proceed around Crater Rock and cross Coalman Glacier on the Hogback, a ridge spanning from
Crater Rock to the approach to the summit. The Hogback terminates at a bergschrund where
Coalman Glacier separates from the summit rock headwall, and then to the Pearly Gates, a gap in

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the summit rock formation. Once through the Pearly Gates, climbers proceed to the right onto the
summit plateau and then to the summit proper.


Although wine is grown in many areas throughout the state, the prime wine growing area is located
25 miles or so southeast of Portland in Yamhill County (western edge of the Willamette Valley).
Here you will find some of the most scenic vineyards on the west coast. There are over 100
wineries in this area, from small mom and pop operations with tiny one room tasting areas all the
way up to tasting rooms that rival some of Napa's finest.

                                        Oregon is famous for its Pinot noir and Pinot gris varietals;
                                        the climate is considered perfect for these grapes, and the
                                        area has gained world-wide note as one of the premier
                                        wine regions on the planet.

                                        Modern winemaking in the Willamette Valley dates back 40
                                        years with the genius of three UC Davis refugees who
                                        believed that Oregon was an ideal place to grow cool-
                                        climate varieties. Between 1965 and 1968, David Lett,
                                        Charles Coury, and Dick Erath separately forged their way
to the north Willamette Valley despite negative rumblings from their Davis cohorts who told them
it was impossible to grow wine grapes in Oregon. They were the first in Oregon to plant Pinot noir.
These wine pioneers whole heartedly believed that Oregon would one day become an important
wine-growing region.

When David Lett entered his Oregon Pinot noir in the 1979 Gault-Millau French Wine Olympiades
and won top Pinot noir honors against France’s best labels, the world started to take notice of
Oregon as a serious winemaking region. In just 40 years Oregon has evolved into a world-class wine
growing state with 15 approved winegrowing regions and more than 300 wineries producing wine
from over 70 grape varieties. Oregon will always be a place where small, handcrafted wines reign.

The Oregon Wine Country Web site has a three-day weekend tour of the wine country that you can
modify to fit your time schedule. Travel Portland has by far the best resource for planning a tour of
the Willamette Valley wine country that shows 20 vineyards to visit along with a map that displays
where the vineyards are located.

There are a number of wine tour companies operating in the area. Sunshine Limo Service has
knowledgeable drivers and a staff that can assist you in having a great experience in Oregon's
beautiful wine country. A Nose for Wine Tours, the first in the state to feature "Educational Wine
Tours" has over 500 tours under its belt and are highly recommended by wineries for the
entertaining and relaxed style. Another site, Willamette Valley Wines, has a page full of wine
touring companies along with links to most of the valley wineries.

Should you desire to spend a night or two in the wine country, there are numerous inns, hotels, and
B&Bs that will make your stay memorable. For a list, visit the Willamette Valley Wines site.

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